Dr Laura Lopez-Fernandez

Associate Professor. Convenor & Student Adviser (Spanish)

Qualifications: PhD. Univ. of Kansas (Lawrence) Spanish Poetry; M.A. (2 years) Univ. of Colorado (Boulder); B.A. Spanish Philology (5 years) Univ. of Santiago, Spain; Bachelor of International Relations Univ. of Santiago, Spain.

School of Arts


About Laura

After doing a BA in Spanish Philology (5 years) and a Bachelor in International Relations (4 years) by the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), I received a prestigious Scholarship to do a M.A. and a PhD at the University of Boulder, CO. In 1997, after finishing my doctoral dissertation on Essentialist Poetry, which was awarded with Honours, I was Assistant Professor of Spanish for several years and then became Associate Professor.  In 2003, I accepted an academic position at the University of Canterbury where I built the Spanish Programme from scratch. It was a successful programme, although after the continuous seismic events of 2010-2011 things changed. In 2013, I accepted a similar position at the University of Waikato, where I had to develop the Spanish Programme (undergraduate and postgraduate) and to continue with my research.

I conduct individual and collaborative research on contemporary Peninsular and Latin American literature. My main focus is experimental poetry (Concrete, Visual, Sound, Fractal, Hypermedia); Galician studies, Lexicography and Spanish L2. Some of my activities include co-organizing international conferences abroad, giving presentations in indifferent countries: Spain (Univ. of Vitoria; Univ. of Balearic Islands; Univ. of Castilla La Mancha, Ciudad Real), Mexico (BUAP), Australia (Melbourne Univ.), Belgium (Vrije Univ.), China (Beijing Normal Univ.), Philippines (Manila), US (Univ. of Cincinnatti; MLA (Philadelphia); Univ. of Lexington (KY), Univ. of Nebraska, etc., and NZ (Univ. of Auckland; Univ. of Canterbury; Univ. of Waikato).

My teaching practice involves courses on campus with current technology such as Moodle, E-learning, Panopto (video capture management software), and modules for other universities through teleconference and e-learning. I have received several Teaching and Research Awards. I am currently coordinating a research grant project on Mapping Experimental Literature in the Hispanic World.

For more info please see my CV:



European Union; Language/Literacy/Linguistics; Latin American Literature; Spanish

Iberian & Latin American poetry. Experimental Poetry.

Research Interests

My main field of research is Experimental and Intermedia poetry in the Luso-Hispanic world. The study of representative genres in this field includes non-canonical styles such as visual poetry, fractal poetry, sound poetry, installations, typographic poetry, biopoetry, cybernetic poetry, etc.  This field of studies asks for a redefinition of poetry in the 21st century and for a review of the literary canon and its historiography. I also conduct research in Galician Studies, and Teaching & Learning Spanish.

I welcome research supervisions on all of the above topics.

Some of my publications include five sole-authored books, book chapters and articles in specialized journals. Recent books include Expresión y Experimentación en la poesía no discursiva en España y Cuba (in press); Poesía Visual y Experimental: Estudios Críticos (2014) and Form and Perception in Visual Poetry (2008). In the area of digital humanities, I have launched and coordinated the Julio Campal Experimental Poetry Collection (US), the intl. journal Experimental Poetics and Aesthetics (NZ), and the book of essays Exile and Identity in the Hispanic world among others. Recent contributions to international literary projects include Historia Crítica de la poesía mexicana (F.C.E. & CONACULTA Mex. 2015),  and La poesía actual en el espacio público (Edit. Orbis Tertius, 2015). I am a member of several editorial boards and I have been the recipient of several teaching and research awards.

Forthcoming Publications

Expresión y Experimentación en la poesía no discursiva en España y Cuba. CIPPCE. USC, Spain.

“Paremias xeocosmolóxicas de predicción do tempo en galego e maorí” Cadernos de Fraseoloxía Galega. University of Santiago de Compostela

Rev. of Valente Vital (Ginebra, Saboya, Paris). Claudio Rodríguez Fer (ed.) Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Rev. of Spanish Contemporary Poetry. Hispanic Texts. Diane Cullell (ed.) Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Recent Publications

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2017). Experimental poetry in Cuba. In Research Seminar: Modern Cuban Poetry: Trends Across Genres, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2017). Expresión y experimentación en la poesía no discursiva en España y Cuba (Expressiveness and experimentation in Spain and Cuban non-discursive poetry). Spain: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela.

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2016). Poeticas y politicas de lo marginal: El caso de la poesia experimental [Poetics and politics of the marginal: The case of experimental poetry]. In Rethinking 21st Hispanism from the Periphery. Conference held at University of Melbourne, Australia. Open Access version:

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2016). ABCDario: Cuatro obras iconoclastas en la época de la post-escritura (ABCDario: Four iconoclastic works in the post-writing age). In XII Biennial Conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA): Transforming Legacies. Conference held at Massey University, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Papers Taught


Recently, I supervised several theses on Spanish language, linguistics and literature as well as Galician Studies from University of La Coruña, Spain; University of Castilla La Mancha (Albacete, Spain), University of Santiago de Compostela, (Spain), etc.

As main supervisor of a M.A. thesis I congratulate Tim Bowron for his excellent research thesis: "Vicente Huidobro and the two souls of Romanticism" (UC, 2013) . This thesis was awarded with Distinction.

Currently, I am supervising two research assistants in two awarded projects: "A digital mapping of Experimental Poetry in the Hispanic World" from a Contestable Research Grant, and "A comparative lexicographic project on Māori, Galician, Spanish and English" from a Summer Research Scholarship (2017-2018).

I invite national and international postgraduate students -doctoral and postdoctoral projects- interested in Experimental poetics, Galician studies, Contemporary Visual Poetry and Society, Spanish-Regional Cultural and Literary studies, and Latin American Literature and Culture. Other projects will also be reviewed for supervision.

Contact Details

Room: I.3.03